Application to change barn into new homes on Rothbury farm

A picture of Thrum Mill, Rothbury, as it once was.
A picture of Thrum Mill, Rothbury, as it once was.

A scheme to create three new homes on a Rothbury farm has been amended and submitted again.

In 2015, the Nobles applied to demolish an agricultural barn/workshop and build three two-storey, detached houses at Thrum Mill Farm.

Among the objectors were Margaret Hedley and her husband Dave, the owners of the grade II-listed Thrum Mill, which featured on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man.

The application was rejected as its open-countryside location meant it would not be a sustainable development and due to its adverse impact on the landscape character and sensitivity of the area.

This refusal was upheld on appeal in 2016.

However, now a bid has been submitted to change the use of the barn to three homes. By using the existing structure, it is claimed that this would be permitted development and only if there are issues relating to the likes of highways or flooding is prior approval required.